Machu Picchu and Cusco rightly claim the
plaudits as Peru's luxury holiday highlights, and when you arrive
it's pretty easy to see what all the fuss is about, but spectacular
as they are, the Inca era accounts for just a small fraction of
Peru's history. The country contains many historic sites from
previous civilisations, as well as fine colonial-era towns such as
the UNESCO World Heritage town of Arequipa, hip beach
resorts that are perfect for surfing, marvellous mountain scenery
and even Amazon rainforest thrown in for good measure.
That's a lot to take in, but after several research trips in
recent years our Latin America team knows Peru extremely well.
Aside from arranging luxury holidays tailored to include Cusco, the
ancient capital of the Inca Empire, and Machu Picchu - either by
train through the Sacred Valley or on foot along the Inca or
Salkantay Trails - we can also advise on the best itinerary to take
in what is one of the most richly biodiverse countries on earth.
Habitats range from Amazonian jungle to snow-clad Andes, home to
famous species such as the puma and condor, and make this one of
those special countries where everything is under one roof, so to
speak. The mysterious Nazca
Lines, high-altitude Lake
Titicaca, the upper reaches of the Amazon and the bustling
metropolis of Lima are amongst the country's other attractions we
can weave into any luxury holiday itinerary.
And while we're on the subject of Lima, the capital is the
centre of a wonderful resurgence in Peruvian cuisine, centred
around the trend to cerviche - marinated raw fish with lime juice
(much better than it sounds!) - and Pisco sours, a cocktail to
rival caipirinhas and mojitos as Latin Americas favourite
One thing previously missing from Peru's luxury holiday armoury
was a decent coastal option to provide a full house of beach, city,
mountains, desert and jungle, but the emergence of Mancora as a hip
new surf and social scene hangout means visitors really have got
the perfect combo. What are you waiting for?